One of the oldest continuously-employed monasteries in German-speaking Europe, St. Peter’s Abbey was founded in the seventh century, more than a millennium before its female counterpart, the Nonnberg Abbey.

Long connected to the likes of musical geniuses such as Johann Michael Haydn and the Mozart family, St. Peter’s possesses some 100 autographs of the former and two dozen manuscripts of the latter. Haydn and the sister of W. A. Mozart are also buried in St. Peter’s cemetery. The monastery is a large complex with much to see, but the cemetery—famous for its beautiful gravesites—is certainly a highlight.  

St. Peter Bezirk ½; 662 8445760; www.erzabtei.at; church open daily Apr-Oct 8am-9pm, Nov-Mar 8am-7pm; cemetery open daily Apr-Sept 6:30am-8pm, Oct-Mar open daily 6:30am-6pm; catacombs open daily May-Sept 10am-6pm, Oct-Apr 10am-5pm

Catacombs €2, €1.50 student; limited wheelchair accessibility